Posted March 25, 2013 by Matthew Frendo in Movies & TV

Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time

The Ultimate Guide to the Top 10 Horror Films of All Time

When I first sat down to create a list for the top 10 horror movies of all time, I thought it would be a fun assignment. And while it was enjoyable, it was so much damn harder than I thought it would be. After whittling the phenomenally long list down to 23, it became harder still, as I love all the movies on the list and, frankly, felt bad about leaving the rest off. All the filmmakers in question made remarkably good films, and deserve kudos for doing so (the 13 that did not make the final cut are included as honorable mentions, and all are worthy of viewing at least once).

In the end, I had to use other facts, such as what the films meant to me personally and the memories associated with them. I usually try to stay away from personal viewpoints like that, but I had no choice in this case. So, if a film you truly love is not on this list, don’t take it to heart. It was far harder on me than it will be on you, that I guarantee. And, just for the record, the last two to be cut were “Halloween” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” And, at that point, it was kind of luck of the draw.

That being said, let’s take a trip to the best places our mind can go to get shriveled into paralysis. Here’s the Geek Smash list for the top 10 horror films of all time.


10. The Birds (1963)

I do have a confession to make. As a horror fan, I must admit that I’ve never seen “Psycho.” Everyone keeps telling me I must, but, perhaps due to that, I never do it. However, I did see “The Birds” with my father when I was a kid, and realized how great Alfred Hitchcock based on this little film alone. The plot is interesting, as Hitchcock and co-writer Evan Hunter decided to make the beginning of the film feel like a screwball comedy. This way, even though the audience would know the birds attack from the poster and title, they would never know when. And this is something admirable in itself, as Hitchcock knew that twist endings were good, but nothing compared to audience apprehension (a lesson that has been lost over time). The film has been linked to woman’s sexuality (which I’m not entirely convinced of), but whatever its metaphorical purpose, it did make birds SCARY. This is due not only to the bird attacks themselves, but to the ambiguity of the situation. No one really knows why these birds started attacking and killing humans, and the ending leaves that open. This not understanding makes the film scarier. The acting, led by Tippi Hedron, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy is top-notch, as were the effects. When Hollywood thought of doing a remake, with George Clooney and Naomi Watts, Hedron stated “Why would you do that? Why? I mean, can’t we find new stories, new things to do?” I love her for that alone.


9. Let The Right One In (2008)

This is a story I can’t get enough of. I love both this film, and its American remake (titled “Let Me In”), as well as the novel, which adds even more to the story. “Let The Right One In” is a rare breed, as it’s a romantic horror film, which is a hard feat to pull off. The 2008 film was directed by Tomas Alfredson (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), who really did a fantastic job not only with storytelling, but also with the atmosphere of the piece. The screenplay, written by John Ajvide Lindqvist (who also was the book’s author), did a fantastic job of putting the novel’s story to screen. The story revolves around a 12-year old boy named Oskar, who is bullied at school and thought of as weird for his interest in grisly murders. He befriends a new, pale child in the neighborhood named Eli, who appears to be female, but who we find out later is androgynous. Eli, it turns out, is a vampire, who becomes Oskar’s protector as well as his friend. I don’t want to go too much into the story from there, but it’s really cool in the fact that the love in the story is very innocent, and is mixed well with the oftentimes brutal violence. One of the best vampire films ever put to screen, “Let The Right One In” deserves to be in the top 10 horror films of all time due to the emotion it brought to a genre that oftentimes lacks it. A must watch film, even for those who aren’t fans of horror in general.


Matthew Frendo

Matthew Frendo is an accomplished concert violinist, Hong Kong Kung Fu champion, the creator of World of Warcraft, and a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He’s also a pretty good liar, as only one of the things he listed is true. In reality, he’s a huge geek for television, literature, and film, with bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Media Communications, and a Masters in Motion Picture and Television. His interests include philosophy, martial arts, Zen Buddhism, Ring of Honor, intelligent horror used as a mirror to society’s ills, forgotten pieces of music and art, French Extremity, comedic satire, the lost art form of reading, BBC, Sons of Anarchy, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes. The only reality TV he watches is Big Brother, a source of both inspiration and shame.